Unveiling of the Manly war memorial

Title:
Unveiling of the Manly war memorial
NFSA ID:
35197
Year:
1916
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The unveiling of a monument for Alan David Mitchell, the first soldier from Manly, New South Wales to die in the First World War.

Erected by his parents and unveiled on 14 October 1916, the monument remains in place along the Corso in Manly.

Over time it has been updated to commemorate all those from the district who have died fighting in conflicts from the South African War to Afghanistan.

Sir Munro Ferguson, Governor General of Australia, and his party are seen arriving to unveil the memorial on 14 October 1916.

The memorial was erected by Mr and Mrs Mark Mitchell for their son Alan David Mitchell, who died after wounds received at Gallipoli.

As the flag goes up and the camera slowly pans, the couple seated in a prominent position (with the woman dressed in dark attire) is likely to be the Mitchells.

On the top of the column is a globe of the world and the word 'Anzac' engraved on a band circling the globe.

The two flags flanking the memorial are the Australian flag and the Union Jack. A raised wide shot captures the crowd around the memorial.

This clip is from the newsreel Australasian Gazette No. 312.